Athlete Vanessa set for national championships

Personal trainer Stephen Liddell(left) pictured with Vanessa and Les Jacques at the Brierton Sports Centre gym.

Personal trainer Stephen Liddell(left) pictured with Vanessa and Les Jacques at the Brierton Sports Centre gym.

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GOLDEN girl Vanessa Jacques will be looking to continue her sensational run of form when she competes in the Aviva ESAA English Schools Track & Field Championships.

The Hartlepool athlete will be representing Cleveland in the 81st annual schools event, which is being staged at Gateshead International Stadium today and tomorrow, when there will be live coverage by Sky Sports.

Field event prospect Jacques will take part in the discus and is also set to run one leg of the sprint relay.

The multi-talented 16-year-old will go into the competition in confident mood after winning 17 of her 18 U17 competitions this year.

Her only defeat came at Middlesbrough at the start of June when she was runner up in the discus at the McCain Young Athletes Northern Premier East Division.

The incredible sequence of results has seen her win all 10 of her shot putt events, including a personal best throw of 9.93 metres in Jarrow in May.

She has taken victory four times in the discus, including a PB of 31.08 metres on the same day she recorded her furthest shot putt.

The English Martyrs School pupil has also won three times in the javelin, adding another PB this summer with a throw of 31.08 metres in Middlesbrough.

Coached by dad, Les, Vanessa has this year won the North East Indoor championship in the discus and shot putt, before going on to clinch the outdoor titles too as well as gold in the javelin.

“To get in the top 10 at the England Schools championship would be a good position to be realistic,” said Les. “It’s a tough competition.

“But you never know what happens on the day.

“It’s all a learning curve and this is good experience for her.”